Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit Awarded Millions in Damages

A jury in Texas recently awarded millions of dollars in damages to the family of a man who died from asbestos-related mesothelioma. The award is the largest ever given in a mesothelioma case in Texas.

The deceased, David Jones, was a Navy veteran and a longtime employee of a shipyard in Galveston. Jones was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer linked to exposure to asbestos, in 2018. He died just two months later.

The lawsuit was filed by Jones’ family against the shipyard, claiming that the company was negligent in protecting Jones from asbestos exposure. The family argued that the company should have known that asbestos was present in the shipyard and taken steps to protect its employees from exposure.

The jury agreed, awarding the family $11 million in damages. This is the largest award ever given in a mesothelioma case in Texas. The award includes $7.5 million in compensatory damages, which are meant to cover medical bills, lost wages and other costs associated with Jones’ illness, as well as $3.5 million in punitive damages, which are meant to punish the company for its negligence.

The award is a major victory for Jones’ family and for victims of mesothelioma. It sends a strong message to companies that they must take steps to protect their employees from asbestos exposure, or face serious consequences.

Asbestos exposure continues to be a major health hazard in many workplaces, and mesothelioma cases are still being filed every year. Jones’ family hopes that the award in their case will help to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos and encourage companies to take steps to protect their employees.